Jacqueline Bowman joined Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg in 2019 as a unit manager. She started working in long-term care in 2000 after finishing nursing school. This year, Jackie, as she is called at the care center, became a Registered Nurse and successfully passed her boards and certification exams. She was also the recipient of the prestigious FHCA (Florida Health Care Association) Bruce Taylor Scholarship, which assists the best and brightest long-term care nursing students in achieving a higher level of education.
In her application to the scholarship, she talked about her life and her passion for health care and assisting others. Jackie explained that her son helped direct her calling into nursing. “I love what I do,” she said. “I try to put myself in my resident’s shoes to understand their situation and, with compassion, provide them the care they need.”
In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jackie transitioned into the Weekend Supervisor role at the care center and helped lead the team through the challenging times they were facing. Being motivated to come to work each day by her resident, she makes it her goal to provide them with the best care with her entire heart. Ramona Gonzalez, Executive Director at Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg, said “Jackie is best known for her compassion and dedication to our residents, families and her peers.”
With over 21 years of experience in the healthcare field, Jackie left a piece of advice to share with younger nursing practitioners. “We are their [residents] families in here, helping make the center feel like home,” she said. With a heart filled with compassion, Jackie truly cares about each resident at Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg and works hard to provide them with quality care day in and day out.
Outside the care center, Jackie loves listening to music and singing. She also spends some time binge-watching Netflix and relaxing. Spending time with her special needs son is her favorite thing to do, going to the beach and enjoying their days together.
Jackie’s scholarship award reflects her hard work and passion for helping others with compassion and integrity. We are grateful to have Jackie as part of our Consulate family. Thank you, Jackie, for your commitment to our mission of providing services with our hearts and hands.
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